What to do if You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Domestic violence cases across New Jersey have been rising over the last few weeks, which is disconcerting, to say the least. Fortunately, though courts remain closed for “non-essential” matters, domestic violence cases are still being taken daily. You are not alone. If you are a victim of domestic violence, please continue reading and reach out to our compassionate New Jersey family law attorneys to learn more about what you can do to ensure your safety during these uncertain times.

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If you are someone who is living with an abuser, the first thing you should do is call the police or directly submit your case with your local police department. When you do, ensure you inform them of the severity and urgency of your case so they will contact a municipal judge promptly, who will then grant you a temporary restraining order. We know this may be frightening, however, it is you and your family’s best shot at the safety you deserve. Do not feel trapped.

From here, once the courts grant your Temporary Restraining Order, you will have another court date scheduled within 10 days, wherein you will attend a hearing to make the TRO permanent. As long as you can prove the incident of domestic violence, the abuser should receive a Final Restraining Order, forbidding him or her from contacting you and your children in any way. That being said, you may need to retain the services of an experienced Bergen County family law attorney who knows how to gather and present evidence as effectively as possible to help ensure your safety. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may appear either in person or via teleconference/video conference. We can help you through every step of the process ahead. Please do not hesitate to give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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